Frostburg State University is predicted to successfully defend their women's
soccer title for the fourth consecutive year, according to
the 2004 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference pre-season coaches’ poll.
The Bobcats received nine of ten first place votes, followed by last
season's runner-up Penn State Behrend. La Roche College
and Pitt-Greensburg were rated dead even for the #3 spot. Frostburg State will be led by
Player of the
Year Karen Kotofski (Northeast HS/ Glen Burnie, MD), a senior
forward who has been a perennial All-America candidate and first-team All-AMCC selection
for three consecutive seasons. Scoring a conference-high 24 goals
(including 7 game-winners), Kotofski led the Bobcats to an independent bid to the NCAA
Div. III tournament last year, advancing as far as the regional
The AMCC welcomes three new members to the conference this season:
Hilbert College, Medaille College, and Mt. Aloysius College.
The conference will receive an automatic bid to the national
tournament for the first time in 2004.
Other players to watch:
FROSTBURG STATE (16-5 overall, 6-0
F Danielle Carter (Rockville HS/Rockville, MD)...Conference
Newcomer of the Year last season...scored 15 goals to rank as the fifth
leading scorer in the AMCC.
HILBERT (12-9 overall)
F Jessica Macri (Niagara Falls HS/Lewiston, NY)...Three-time NEAC
all-conference and academic all-conference selection...Hilbert's
all-time leader in assists (45), ranked second nationally in apg as a
freshman and sophomore...also holds 11 other college
records...consecutive minutes played streak is at 4,270.
F Shannon Bieniek (West Seneca West HS/Orchard Park, NY)...NEAC
all-conference selection in 2003 and 2002...HC all-time leader in points
(90) and goals (37)...11
career game-winning goals.
LA ROCHE (12-8-1 overall, 3-2-1 AMCC)
F Nichole Costantini (Hampton HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...First team All-AMCC in 2003
and 2001..Ranked third in the conference in scoring with 2.29 ppg (20
goals, 8 assists)..
D Melanie Roczko (Hampton
HS/Allison Park, PA)...Second team
All-AMCC last season.
LAKE ERIE (3-15-1 overall, 1-5 AMCC)
F Keri Cameron (Mentor HS/Mentor, OH)...Team scoring
leader in 2003.
D Rachael Kocher (West Branch HS/Beloit, OH)...No information
MEDAILLE (4-11-2 overall)
D Lindsey Kennedy (Liverpool HS/Liverpool, NY)...Started all
17 games for the Mavericks last season.
D Aimee Knights (Pioneer HS/Sardinia, NY)...Played in every
contest in 2003, took 19 shots with 12 shots on goal.
MT. ALOYSIUS (8-5-2 overall)
F Brenna Mohney (Clearfield HS/Clearfield, PA)...Netted 20
goals and added 9 assists for the Mounties in 2003.
F K.T.Hyland (Bishop McCort HS/Johnstown, PA)...Major
contributor last season with 20 goals and 10 assists.
PENN STATE ALTOONA (4-13-1 overall, 2-4
MF Lauren Lansdale (Henderson HS/Exton, PA)...All-conference
honorable mention team in 2003...Lions' leading scorer last season with
19 points (7 goals, 5 assists).
D Mandy Freiwald (Westmont Hilltop HS/Johnstown, PA)...Also
all-AMCC honorable mention selection last year...scored 4 goals as a
PENN STATE BEHREND (12-7-1 overall, 5-1
D Stephanie Bowen (Peters Twp. HS/McMurray, PA)...First team All-AMCC
for the past two seasons.
F Holly Greiner (General McLane HS/McKean, PA)...Second
team All-AMCC in 2003...contributed 9 goals (3 GWG) and 10 assists to
rank #8 in the conference.
PITT-BRADFORD (2-14-1 overall, 0-6 AMCC)
F Megan Bollinger (Middleburg HS/Kreamer, PA)...Honorable
Mention All-AMCC for the past two years.
PITT-GREENSBURG (10-6-3 overall, 3-2-1 AMCC)
F Jen McIntosh (South Park HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...First team
all-conference selection for the past two seasons...scored 12 goals, 7
assists, 31 points to rank as the #6 scorer in the AMCC last year.
M Jess Phillippi (Rockwood HS/Rockwood, PA)...Contributed
10 goals, 10 assists, 30 points to rank #7 in the conference in
2003...Named first team all-AMCC last year after being honored on the
second team in 2002.